Drawing First

Today’s post comes from Denyse over at Faith In Heart. One of the reasons we are such great partners is because she can do the things I can’t (and I hope visa versa!). Today’s nugget of knowledge comes from her blog post about drawing… enjoy! LEARN SOMETHING 🙂

Drawing First



There’s not much you can do if you don’t have a sketch, a drawing or even an idea. All my drawings start with an idea. We will touch more on that later. So, for now, let’s talk about a few supplies and basic techniques.



For most of the lessons  I use (you can transfer any of your drawings at any time to your Bible or journal):

  • Strathmore sketch pad 9 x 12
  • Canson mixed media pad 9 x 12
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Palomino Blackwing pencil .602
  • Black pearl eraser
  • Rubber eraser
  • Black sharpie pen
  • Cambridge graph paper
  • Graph paper 7 x 9 perfect for margins.

What you can use if you don’t have any of these supplies:

  • Plain paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Black pen
  • Ruler

Before we begin let me answer your questions as to why I use the materials I listed. If you don’t already know, I am working on a devotional coloring book so I sketch A LOT, draw A LOT, and erase A LOT.

Through crinkled up paper, thrown pencils, and several…well Okay…more like thousands of tantrums later I finally found what works for me.

To start I do all my sketching in a Strathmore Sketch Pad 9 x 12. I use a 9 x 12 because I transfer my sketches to my Cason Mixed Media Pad and I either color or paint it and/or scan it to my computer for printables.


You can use a smaller 5.5  x 8.5 sketch pad. Or just use printer paper folded in half, it’s the perfect size to transfer your drawing to your Bible or  journal.

I take my sketch pad every where I do. Ya never know when inspiration will hit. I did these sketches on  our 2 day trip to Virginia and on the long drive back home.




Once I have sketched, erased, sketched, erased, and repeat until happy with the sketch it’s time to put in in my Canson Mixed media pad.

I do use a mechanical pencil but it also depends if I’m heavy handed that day. I’ve busted a lot of led many times. If I am I will use my Palimino black wing pencils. They come in a box of 12 and have lasted me a very long time. I like the way they write and the best part is that they come with replacement erasers.

I use my rubber eraser for erasing big areas and my black pearl eraser, which is thinner, and is great for erasing lines. Especially when doing lettering.

Now let’s learn some basic sketching techniques and textures.


Stippling – is the creation of a pattern by using tiny dots to put color on an image. You can place the dots close together for a deeper pattern or far apart for a lighter pattern. Where you place your dots will determine your degree of shading. There is a difference between a marker, a sharp pencil, and a dull pencil. This technique is great for adding some fun textures to your art.

Hatching – is used to create shading by drawing parallel lines. The lines go in the same direction. You can place them close together or far apart. You want to lift your pencil after each line. How close they are influences the tone, the closer together the lines the darker tones you will create.

Cross Hatching –  An extension of hatching. Once you done hatching you repeat the process but in the opposite direction. You will have a mesh like pattern. This is a great technique for shading.


Back & Forth Stroke – this technique is a continuous back-n-forth motion. You just put your pencil down and draw a continuous back-n-forth motion without lifting your pencil off the paper. This is a great technique to fill different areas of your drawing with a solid color. Your end result will be determined by how sharp your pencil is.

Scumbling – is a technique where you make continuous circular marks on your paper without lifting your pencil. This is a great technique to fill areas with lots of color and texture to a finished project.

** You can use these techniques with pencils, colored pencils and fine tip markers.

I am so very grateful for this lady’s presence in my life! I am HORRIBLE at anything that has to do with drawing. It’s amazing what I have learned from her! Check her out at her BLOG, Faith In Heart, and make sure you are a member of our facebook group (see sidebar for the button to check it out! It’s called Faith in heart“)

Now get busy and start DRAWING! Leave me a comment and show me what you create 🙂


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